Police arrest two more, Columbia break-ins continue

News-DemocratJanuary 31, 2014 

Police have arrested three suspects in connection with a string of Columbia burglaries. But at least one more person believed to be involved in the crime spree remains on the run.

According to police reports, a home on Clover Ridge was broken into this week. And the crime is similar to several burglaries that have taken place over the past two months.

So far, three Caseyville teens have been taken into custody, accused of participating in the crime spree. A fourth suspect, a juvenile, has been charged but remains on the run.

Tyler Ashcraft, 18, was arrested Monday and charged with 21 counts of burglary from a motor vehicle and three counts of residential burglary.

Columbia Police Chief Joe Edwards said Friday that two more arrests were made.

Kerry M. Gum, 19, and Zachary S. Wood, 18, both of Caseyville, have been arrested and are in custody.

Gum was charged with one count of residential burglary and four counts of burglary to a motor vehicle. Gum is in custody at the Monroe County Jail with his bail set at $25,000. Wood was charged with two counts of residential burglary and 15 counts of burglary from a motor vehicle. His bail also was set at $25,000.

Edwards has pledged that officers will continue to work around the clock to catch and prosecute the people responsible for the crimes.

"We continue to actively search for the juvenile from Collinsville who is currently wanted on a warrant for 21 counts of burglary from a motor vehicle and three counts of residential burglary," Edwards said.

Police in Caseyville, Collinsville and Edwardsville are assisting Columbia with the investigation.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at swuerz@bnd.com or call 239-2626.

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